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... enjoyed on an almost daily basis! Why can’t Australia have markets like these?!
When I say we walked everywhere, I seriously mean we walked and walked and walked!! There is no better way to see a city, and BCN is ideal for walking, with a grid like street system similar to New York, so it is pretty easy to find your way around even without a map. The first day we walked from our apartment passed the Olympic port area (made for the BCN Olympics in 1992), and all along ...
... and then they place you in a line of about 5-6 people, in a group of lines all very close to each other, with maybe a total of 50 people in each location. We were dismissed and about an hour later we setsail. Later, I went to dinner at about 6:30 PM. I chickened out and didn't go to the dining room but instead went back to the Windjammer. There are even more choices at dinner! Jade is a part of the Windjammer that offers Asian food—tonight it was Chinese. ...
... and when our food came out it was super tiny. That's because we were at a tapas restaurant which is just tiny servings of food intended so you can eat several dishes. I got prawn and noodle paella. It was okay but I wouldn't get it again. The noodles were very bland and the prawns weren't deveined which I do not like. After lunch we headed to a nearby mall and had a look around because apparently you can design your own havaianas (which are things ...
... arriving in Barcelona was knowing that I'd see some familiar faces again. Conveniently, Jess, Roxy, Jess, and Will were all in Barcelona when I got there. We all got to meet up one night for some fun in the clubs. I really love meeting new people while traveling but after a while, it gets tiring reintroducing yourself every few days. It's nice to hang out with some friends that already know you and that you already know. It's just a ...
... the desk speaks NO ENGLISH!. UGH!!! Finally by showing her the information on the rental car key which we had she tells us where the car is located. 190 euros later (fine and towing) we have the car back and are trying to find our way home...but of course Maria thought we needed a little more fun in our day and did her right,left,right turn most of the way back to the apartment where we crawled up the spiral stairs and passed out. To be ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel 1898 Barcelona
Excellent Staff, beautiful hotel in excellent location
I have stayed in some lovely hotels all over the world, and The 1898 is right up there at the top of my list of favourites.
The hotel is beautiful inside, and of course still very new, infact, you can still smell newly laid wooden floors. A few tips, make sure you get breakfast included in your price as seperately it would work out very expensive. The breakfast is incredible buck's fizz included (for those whom can stomach it at that time in the morning!) another good thing is that breakfast is served til 11am - so no early starts is you don't want to. As previously said, finding the hotel is a bit of a problem, especially whilst driving in the awful one way system, look out for the Le Merridien and the 1898 is on the opposite street on the corner (it has no signage). Parking in this area is an impossibility, infact, if we went again, we wouldn't get a hire car at all. It is therefore a bonus that the hotel has underground parking (if you can find it that is!), they have a very peculiar system, park at the side of the hotel (as soon as you realise you are there) or you will end up in the one way sytem again for another half an hour! go upto reception and they radio through for someone to open the parking up for you, then you drive around the back of the hotel over the pedestrian access and onto a cobbled street! very strange parking is a further 20E a day. The rooms are gorgeous, we were lucky enough to be upgraded, the bathrooms are lovely, full of lovely toiletries and sumptuous bathrobes and towels. Another nice touch is free bottled water both in the bedroom and in the health and fitness area, along with bowls of apples everywhere! The indoor pool is a real added bonus after a long day on foot walking around Barcelona, not over big, but very unusual built in like the old vault of the building, the pool also has two bubble beds in the pool, and a couple of jet systems, along with sauna, steam room and small fitness centre. What will impress you most is that for such a lovely classy hotel the staff are not over imposing (I really hate this in some of the nicer hotels) they are lovely, friendly, and very helpful, but not too pushy. Grab a deal at this hotel whilst you can, you may not be able to afford it once the word gets around! Have a great time you can't beat this hotel for quality and service.
open just 3 months, with a perfect location at the Ramblas AND still at a very reasonable price , one of the few (maybe the only) hotel in the Barri Gotic with a private indoor swimming pool and fitness center, staff is very kind and helpful, would love to return
Location, Location, Location....
Wow, What a great hotel! The location is right in the heart of La Ramblas and that's the best place to be if its your first time to Barcelona.
The hotel decor is also very good and impressed as its regarded as 4 star but looks 5 star. Room size is not huge but adequate and bathroom is fantastic. Flat Screens were good but NO pay movies which didn't impress the other half.
Indoor swimming pool and all the facilities were very nice. I would stay here again
1. As has been said before ask taxi's to go to Le Meridian as there no signs for this hotel and then the Hotel 1898 is directly opposite
2. There is a wonderful market with excellent food just down la rambla. Come out of the hotel and past starbucks and then a little further on the right is Le Bouqueria market.
3. There is a supermarket if you walk up La Rambla towards Placa de Catyluna on the left handside about 100m from hotel
You have to stay here
Husband & I went to Barcelona for weekend & totally recommend hotel 1898 to everyone. Best location, really stylish, excellent service, just cannot say enough good things about it. Will definitely go back again. Only problem is that we won't want to stay anywhere else so will have to go to Barcelona everytime we want a weekend away !!
I just came back from a 1 week stay at the Hotel 1898 and all I can say is that the hotel is fantastic in everyway. The rooms are a good size and the decor is collonial/modern and very relaxing, the bathrooms are spacious and very comfortable. Every room has Free WiFi and this is extremely convenient
The staff were wonderful with us, very helpful and patient with our requirements. And finally the location; you cant ask to be in a better place in Barcelona, it is right in the heart of all the shops and restaurants so you can walk around very easily.
I will definitely be staying there next time I am in Barcelona.
Hotel 1898 is a great find!
Hotel 1898 is in a perfect location in Las Ramblas, right in the middle of the main promenade. I stayed there for 5 nights Nov. 19-25 and had a pleasant experience with only a few new hotel bumps. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome.
The hotel was clean at all times. While I was there for vacation, I always have my laptop with me and I was happy with the reliable free high-speed wireless access in the room. For non-wired users, there is a business center with two PC's and printers for free use. One night I realized that I had forgotten to print my will call ticket and home and was able to print it at the business center. Our group had three rooms which I had requested facing the inner courtyard to avoid the street noise. The rooms were indeed quiet at all times. The baths were spacious and the towels nice and thick. A hair dryer is in the room and there are plenty of toiletries in case you forget to bring something.
During the stay we had a lighting problem in the afternoon which turned into a power outage. This lasted about 90 minutes and the hotel had people working on the problem right away. A second event was the lack of hot water one morning which made for some very cold showers. We were reassured that the staff was working on the hot water and later in the afternoon when we returned from sightseeing, the hot water was back in action. Even with these two incidents, our group enjoyed Hotel 1898 and we would all stay there again.
A word of caution - the hotel is hard to find since there is no sign and the street number is located much higher than eye level. As a new hotel, the taxi drivers are not yet familiar with the location. The best way to get there is to go to Le Meridian and then Hotel 1898 is right next Le Meridian. The two lobby entrances face one another. Starbucks is located next door on La Rambla.
Having looked at many hotels in Barcelona and wanting somewhere central as we were only staying for two nights I booked the Hotel 1898 after reading ther review on this site... and was not disappointed.
It was perfect - location could not be better, rooms were very swish with excellent bathrooms including power showers and robes, extremely comfy kingsize bed, plasma tv etc etc.
The breakfast was lovely with an excellent selection and the staff could not be more helpful, even packing us a picnic as we were leaving before breakfast.
We did not see the pool on the roof but did use the spa facilities and had the pool, sauna, steam and spa all to ourselves - it was wonderful!
I would highly recommend this hotel and providing the price does not increase too heavily once the initial opening offers end will definitly return.
We stayed at the Hotel 1898 last week for two nights. We had admired the building whilst walking down the Ramblas looking for the hotel. There is no sign on the Ramblas entrance. When we doubled back and located it by street number, we were greeted by a very smartly dressed genteleman who took our bags for us.
The hotel had been opened about three weeks before our arrival. It was very quiet so it was no surprise that the staff were very attentive. They were also very tolerant and encouraging of my attempts to speak Spanish.
The breakfasts in the restaurant were fabulous, offering everything you could think of. We lasted all day on the hotel's breakfast.
The room was swish. The bed was very comfortable and the flat screen tv impressed. The bathroom was very stylish with a power shower over the bath. Lovely bathrobes and towels. Pity they don't let you have them!
The pool on the roof was not open so we didn't get to see that. I suppose it wasn't a priority in November! But we did use the swimming pool and sauna etc in the basement. Lovely!
I would definitely stay here again but doubt whether we could afford it. We had a really good deal because it had just opened.
Excellent Excellent Excellent
Me and my wife just came back from Barcelona. We stayed at the 1898 new hotel for a week.
The hotel is lovely with a great location.
The rooms are PERFECT, we did not have even one small problem. The closed pool is very very nice, a bit small but you do not really need more than that.
We WILL be back.
Great hotel, even though it's brand new!
Have literally just returned from a weekend at the 1898, just thought I would post my review for anyone else who's about to go! The hotel had only been open 2 weeks when we were there so it all felt very new and quite empty, don't think many people have been there yet!
The hotel is great, fab location - by the way if you are getting a taxi there from Barcelona airport tell the taxi driver it is opposite the Meridien Hotel as they won't know where it is! I would recommend writing down the name of the hotel in Spanish too (Mil ochocientos noventa y ocho) to help with taxis etc. It is right on the Ramblas, great for getting to all local facilities - the port, placa catalunya etc. The atmosphere from the Ramblas means you feel right in the heart of the action from the moment you step outside the front door, but the hotel is also a lovely haven from the madness outside.
The hotel itself is lovely, very modern style and beautifully finished. The decor of dark woods and deep colours give the hotel a classic modern feel. Staff are excellent, very helpful and mainly speak english which is a help! Very nice bar (ask Eduardo to make you one of his 'special sangrias'!!) and nice relaxed atmosphere for late night drink before bed. Didn't try the restaurant apart from room service, which was actually pretty good - very tasty, and much more reasonable than we expected. I think they may have only just started doing this as things were not quite what we ordered sometimes (bavarian frankfurter sandwich = bacon and cheese sandwich!) but everything tasted good and served quickly.
The only reason I am giving the hotel 4 not 5 stars is the rooms. We booked a superior room which was very good, modern, with a cute small balcony and view over the street (the side street with a side view to the ramblas). Plus points were a HUGE bed (got back into our king bed at home last night and felt claustrophobic!) and superb high tech finishes - great tv (apparently, hubby said) and I loved the little light switches with settings for reading, nightime etc. The only downside was the wooden floors throughout the room and corridors which meant the floors were really echoey. We could hear the cleaners every morning outside and it meant sleeping in was not really an option. Also the room felt a bit small (possibly due to the massive bed) and there were no pay per view movies which we like in hotel rooms. Also although bathrooms are incredible, with a gorgeous bath and very funky square sink, the shower was end of the bath which was a bit slippery so I think that may a be a design flaw.
Apart from that the hotel is really fantastic and well worth trying. One final tip, we have heard about the pick pocketing which is apparently rife on the ramblas. We had no problems but saw lots of police about and a few times we passed couples who were talking to police and I think may have been done as they looked a bit distressed. My tip would be use the safe in the room for everything, and only take a bit of a cash and maybe one card out with you. I didn't use a bagso I didn't have to worry about that, but if you do our taxi driver told us to always carry them to the front. The area is totally non-threatening, you should have no problems but with so much to look at on the ramblas it is easy to let your guard down.
PS we tried Set Portes Restaurant down by the port which serves excellent paella! Also we loved the luz de gas by the port (it's a bar on a boat) for a glass of wine in the sunshine, very romantic.
Any other questions let me know! Have a fab time, we loved Barcelona and can't wait to get back!